Things To Do In Carterton

You'll find plenty of things to do in Carterton - a town full of character! Browse vintage stores and artists' studios, go on a garden tour or bush walk, then catch a show at the Events Centre.

 

he nearby Waiohine Gorge takes you over the world's longest swing-bridge - you can stare down past your feet to the river far below! - to walking tracks, peaceful picnic spots and river swimming holes. - See more at: http://dw.stage.net.nz/about-wairarapa/towns/carterton#sthash.gjcoPCCH.dpuf
he nearby Waiohine Gorge takes you over the world's longest swing-bridge - you can stare down past your feet to the river far below! - to walking tracks, peaceful picnic spots and river swimming holes. - See more at: http://dw.stage.net.nz/about-wairarapa/towns/carterton#sthash.gjcoPCCH.dpuf
he nearby Waiohine Gorge takes you over the world's longest swing-bridge - you can stare down past your feet to the river far below! - to walking tracks, peaceful picnic spots and river swimming holes. - See more at: http://dw.stage.net.nz/about-wairarapa/towns/carterton#sthash.gjcoPCCH.dpuf

Activity Pass

Borderlandz Paintball is a family run business, who pride themselves in offering the best paintball experience you can have; in a fun, professional and safe atmosphere! They specialise in organising simple objective based games to maximise the fun. Get a group of friends together and challenge yourselves in an experience that is like no other!

Farms

Every year in January, Lavender Abbey hold popular "Pick Your Own Lavender" days at their property in Carterton. 
The Wairarapa A&P Show is held every Spring at the Clareville Showgrounds just outside of Carterton. Livestock, equestrian, farm machinery and wood choppers all have their day in the sun at this fantastic family event.

Cycling & Mountain Biking

The Carterton Mountain Biking Track is a great free place to ride a bike in the Wairarapa. Suitable for the whole family and only fifteen minutes from Masterton.
Green Jersey has over 200 cycles available for hire, and with it's wide range of cellar doors within a short cycling distance of the town centre, Martinborough is a peddlers paradise. Check out the wide variety of bike styles for hire - there's one for you!

Walking & Trekking

Mount Holdsworth is the main entrance to the eastern side of the Tararua Forest Park. With some of the highest peaks in the Tararua Range, Holdsworth offers short walks and longer tramps through forest and into the alpine environment.
One of the most popular day trips in the park is the climb to Mountain House Shelter along the easy grade of the Gentle Annie Track.
Holdsworth is the main entrance to the eastern side of the Tararua Forest Park. Set against the backdrop of some of the highest peaks in the Tararua Range, Holdsworth offers short walks and longer tramps through attractive forest and higher up into the alpine environment.
The Tararua Range provides Wellington, Wairarapa, Horowhenua and Manawatu with an outstanding variety of tramping, hunting and walking opportunities in a wild, natural landscape.
Just outside of Carterton Fensham reserve is large loop track that takes you through towering native trees and it's one of the best walks in the Wairarapa for families.
Follow the boardwalk through a recovering wetland and remnant of flooded forest at Carters Reserve just outside on Carterton.
The Mt Holdsworth - Jumbo Circuit is a two to three day tramp to some of the best alpine tops travel in the Tararua Forest Park. The bush tracks are all well marked and signposted and streams are bridged.
The best way to get a view of and access the Wairarapa's Tararua and Rimutaka Forest Parks, rivers, gorges, lakes, valleys and remote huts is by air.
The Waiohine River has carved out a spectacular gorge, bisecting the landscape and setting an attractive backdrop. The suspension bridge spanning the gorge forms a spectacular gateway to the Tararua Forest Park.
Totara Flats Hut is in a beautiful setting at the confluence of the Waiohine River and Totara Creek. At one end of the tramp the track crosses the Waiohine Gorge suspension bridge, the largest of its kind in New Zealand.

Golf

The Carterton Golf Course has 18 holes to par 7. For a change from the norm they also have FootGolf!

Museums

Wairarapa Heritage Association is a trail of Wairarapa museums running from Featherston to Mount Bruce. Check out some of the fabulous places you can visit!
This self-guided tour takes you to many of the Wairarapa’s towns and villages on a scenic tour of the region. The itinerary is best done over a couple of days but you could squeeze it in with a busy day.

Art

Heart of Arts, based in Carterton is a unique arts, culture and heritage hub showcasing local artists.
Rhondda Greig is a contemporary painter/illustrator, writer and creator of children's books and a published poet. Visiting her idyllic gallery set in a garden to meet Rhondda; purchase works, and see sculptural works of renowned ceramic artist, James Greig. A selection of her latest original work is for sale.

Adventure

Dalefield Horse Riding Park is a recreational horse riding park, on Kaipaitangata Road at the end of Dalefield Road in Carterton, where horse riders who would normally ride on public road and tracks, can ride safely.
The best way to get a view of and access the Wairarapa's Tararua and Rimutaka Forest Parks, rivers, gorges, lakes, valleys and remote huts is by air.
The Tararua Range provides Wellington, Wairarapa, Horowhenua and Manawatu with an outstanding variety of tramping, hunting and walking opportunities in a wild, natural landscape.
Borderlandz Paintball is a family run business, who pride themselves in offering the best paintball experience you can have; in a fun, professional and safe atmosphere! They specialise in organising simple objective based games to maximise the fun. Get a group of friends together and challenge yourselves in an experience that is like no other!

Conferences

The Carterton Events Centre is the most modern and largest non-pillared, flat floor space in the Wairarapa. Full staging and raked seating options, this blank canvas is yours.

Cycling

Green Jersey has over 200 cycles available for hire, and with it's wide range of cellar doors within a short cycling distance of the town centre, Martinborough is a peddlers paradise. Check out the wide variety of bike styles for hire - there's one for you!

Family

Every year in January, Lavender Abbey hold popular "Pick Your Own Lavender" days at their property in Carterton. 
Catch the steam train, pick daffodils at Middle Run and enjoy the Carterton street market as part of the town's fun-filled daffodil festival.
The Wairarapa A&P Show is held every Spring at the Clareville Showgrounds just outside of Carterton. Livestock, equestrian, farm machinery and wood choppers all have their day in the sun at this fantastic family event.
Borderlandz Paintball is a family run business, who pride themselves in offering the best paintball experience you can have; in a fun, professional and safe atmosphere! They specialise in organising simple objective based games to maximise the fun. Get a group of friends together and challenge yourselves in an experience that is like no other!
The Waiohine River has carved out a spectacular gorge, bisecting the landscape and setting an attractive backdrop. The suspension bridge spanning the gorge forms a spectacular gateway to the Tararua Forest Park.

Free and nearly free

Every year in January, Lavender Abbey hold popular "Pick Your Own Lavender" days at their property in Carterton. 
This self-guided tour takes you to many of the Wairarapa’s towns and villages on a scenic tour of the region. The itinerary is best done over a couple of days but you could squeeze it in with a busy day.
The Tararua Range provides Wellington, Wairarapa, Horowhenua and Manawatu with an outstanding variety of tramping, hunting and walking opportunities in a wild, natural landscape.

Hunting

The best way to get a view of and access the Wairarapa's Tararua and Rimutaka Forest Parks, rivers, gorges, lakes, valleys and remote huts is by air.
The Tararua Range provides Wellington, Wairarapa, Horowhenua and Manawatu with an outstanding variety of tramping, hunting and walking opportunities in a wild, natural landscape.

Gardens

Tikara Country Gardens is stunning with it's 5 acres of Japanese Maples, Iris’s, Roses and much more. Bring your own picnic lunch and enjoy the wonderful views of The Tararua Ranges and Ruamahanga River.
Every year in January, Lavender Abbey hold popular "Pick Your Own Lavender" days at their property in Carterton. 

Tours and Transport

Green Jersey has over 200 cycles available for hire, and with it's wide range of cellar doors within a short cycling distance of the town centre, Martinborough is a peddlers paradise. Check out the wide variety of bike styles for hire - there's one for you!
Carterton Shuttles offer personal shuttle services right across Wairarapa, as well as transport to Wellington or Palmerston North airport in a comfortable 9-seater shuttle or cab for 4 people. From weddings and parties to transport for school groups and the elderly, they can do it all at highly competitive prices and with great customer service every time. ​
The best way to get a view of and access the Wairarapa's Tararua and Rimutaka Forest Parks, rivers, gorges, lakes, valleys and remote huts is by air.

Wine

Regent 58 Ale House is one of Carterton's little gems. Down an alleyway just off the main street, it's the perfect place to enjoy a pint of craft beer with friends, and chat to brewers Gary and Brent.

Walks

One of the most popular day trips in the park is the climb to Mountain House Shelter along the easy grade of the Gentle Annie Track.
The Tararua Range provides Wellington, Wairarapa, Horowhenua and Manawatu with an outstanding variety of tramping, hunting and walking opportunities in a wild, natural landscape.
Just outside of Carterton Fensham reserve is large loop track that takes you through towering native trees and it's one of the best walks in the Wairarapa for families.
Follow the boardwalk through a recovering wetland and remnant of flooded forest at Carters Reserve just outside on Carterton.
The Mt Holdsworth - Jumbo Circuit is a two to three day tramp to some of the best alpine tops travel in the Tararua Forest Park. The bush tracks are all well marked and signposted and streams are bridged.
The best way to get a view of and access the Wairarapa's Tararua and Rimutaka Forest Parks, rivers, gorges, lakes, valleys and remote huts is by air.
The Waiohine River has carved out a spectacular gorge, bisecting the landscape and setting an attractive backdrop. The suspension bridge spanning the gorge forms a spectacular gateway to the Tararua Forest Park.
Totara Flats Hut is in a beautiful setting at the confluence of the Waiohine River and Totara Creek. At one end of the tramp the track crosses the Waiohine Gorge suspension bridge, the largest of its kind in New Zealand.

Weddings

Celebrate your wedding day at the Carterton Events Centre. There are a range of venue options to suit you and your guests.

Flight

The best way to get a view of and access the Wairarapa's Tararua and Rimutaka Forest Parks, rivers, gorges, lakes, valleys and remote huts is by air.

Cafes and Restaurants

The Gladstone Inn, also known as the Gladdy or the Gladstone Pub is just ten minutes from Carterton in the Wairarapa and is a great place to eat! The Gladdy is family friendly and has outdoor dining options.
Sitting on the edge of Carterton, The Clareville Bakery, a real European style cafe, produces beautiful pastries, pies, breads and desserts, all made in-house with only natural ingredients.
Finom Kitchen is a beautiful little cafe in Carterton serving delicious savoury and sweet food including exquisite cakes, macarons and confectionery, all expertly handmade with incredible attention to detail and a focus on high quality, fresh, local ingredients.

Tours

Green Jersey has over 200 cycles available for hire, and with it's wide range of cellar doors within a short cycling distance of the town centre, Martinborough is a peddlers paradise. Check out the wide variety of bike styles for hire - there's one for you!
The best way to get a view of and access the Wairarapa's Tararua and Rimutaka Forest Parks, rivers, gorges, lakes, valleys and remote huts is by air.

Scenic Attractions

The best way to get a view of and access the Wairarapa's Tararua and Rimutaka Forest Parks, rivers, gorges, lakes, valleys and remote huts is by air.
The Tararua Range provides Wellington, Wairarapa, Horowhenua and Manawatu with an outstanding variety of tramping, hunting and walking opportunities in a wild, natural landscape.